2019 Victoria and Oak Bay Reports

Discussion in '2019 Saltwater Fishing Reports' started by SFBC, Jan 1, 2019.

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  1. expertfisher780

    expertfisher780 Active Member

    I second that the wind go away we've had enough wind for the month.
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  2. Rockfish

    Rockfish Well-Known Member

    Out with a buddy off Victoria today for Halibut. Left the Esq. Anglers ramp at 6:00 am to catch the early tide change and pulled our anchor at 11:00 am to head in. Beautiful calm flat day with modest current. Hit a few dogs and two cookie cutter 40lb Butts that we got in the boat, so we were pretty happy since on our last trip out, we got zip. There were lots of boats anchored up and we talked to quite a few of them back at the launch and no one we talked to was successful, so they still appear to be somewhat scarce. I guess we just got lucky. We were down deep and using lots of salmon scraps on circle hooks. Almost no one was trolling for salmon, which is not surprising given the closures including the Hatchery marked Chinook.
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  3. expertfisher780

    expertfisher780 Active Member

    Went out for some hali fun today out on anchor for 4 and a half hours. We played in the dog pound for 2 hrs then we hit a hali after 20 minutes of gaining and losing ground we see the monster. It gave me a great big smile to see it but even more satisfied to see it swim away. It was 100 plus and a day my daughter and good friends won't soon forget.

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  4. eroyd

    eroyd Well-Known Member

    Saturday jigged several spots from Brody to S. of Discovery. Two springs, mid to high teens, Rite Angle chrome needle fish. Plus a few undersize lings and Rock Fish.
    Sunday was a gong show at the ramp! When out for an afternoon "boat ride". Found the great Ling nursery. A few were close.
    Monday; A lot bumpier, hit same spots as Saturday but only bottom fish. Snagged quite a few sand lance.
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  5. Double trouble 2

    Double trouble 2 New Member

    I went out to constance on Monday and was shocked to see only one other truck and trailer at Esquimalt anglers that morning. I headed out but it was too bumpy and the fog was rolling in so I headed to the waterfront. All we caught were doggies and little lings but it was nice to be out there, if not a little eerie feeling having the whole ocean to myself for a few hours.
  6. eroyd

    eroyd Well-Known Member

    I was the first to cattle point launch Monday at around o700. Some pretty lady was playing the piano and singing, it was a beautiful setting. I would have appreciated the security of a little more company out in the bumps in my 13' tinner,
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  7. Irishwolf

    Irishwolf Crew Member

    So I deciding to try this thing called halibut fishing on Sat am from about 7-10ish. Beautiful calm seas. Drifted from Brodie to south of Discovery to around the 230 foot mark. Nothing but dogs and the tiniest of a rockfish pulled up from 200 feet! No need to hit the gym anymore pulling 2 pound weights up from that depth! I can see why guys go to electric reels.... :cool:

    One other boat out drifting behind me. I concur with @eroyd though....nice to have a bit more company when in a small tinny....
  8. Slabbedout

    Slabbedout Active Member

    I know it’s still early, but I have heard a few guys saying they have got some coho. I have a buddy in town next week and he is dying to bonk a few to make some smoked salmon. Just curious if guys are getting them, if they are sizable and where to find them ?

    I have always worked the tide lines / found the other boats and had decent success on the coho. Just wanted to be able to find them if any where around and know I am not just wasting time.
  9. scott craven

    scott craven Well-Known Member

    coho don't usually come this far south until Sept/Oct
    not to say you couldn't catch one, just not many and hatch only till Oct 01.
    they are catching them further west in Sooke.
  10. halimark

    halimark Well-Known Member

    There were lots out from Beachy Head last weekend. Biggest was 6 lb hatchery. 50-80 ft deep and in 480-550 ft of water. Fish the rip. We had some BBQ'd and yes they taste great.

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  11. porcupine

    porcupine Well-Known Member

    Angler Protest
    Where? – Ogden Point Breakwater
    When? – July 15th, 2019 at 9:00 AM
    On July 15th the BC Coast opens for the retention of Chinook Salmon. Meanwhile the straight of Juan de Fuca remains closed. It has been asked of Minister Wilkinson and DFO “Why we can’t retain a hatchery marked Chinook?”, with NO REPLY. It’s time we let the government know how important this public fishery is to all of us. Please show up in your boat, kayak, canoe or whatever floatation device you have. Attendance is critical and without your support we fail!
    The message is dead simple
    “Why can’t we retain a hatchery marked chinook”?
    Make a sign! Media will be there!
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  12. Slabbedout

    Slabbedout Active Member


    I have got them off Beechy head before, but in late August / September. If I find them and can stay with them then it can be a ton of fun. Just a matter of finding them.
  13. scott craven

    scott craven Well-Known Member

    The date/time will prohibit a lot of anglers
    too bad it wasn't a weekend....
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  14. wildmanyeah

    wildmanyeah Crew Member

    take a day off work, or take an early lunch or extended coffee. I took the day off to go to one in vancouver.

    We are a group of people that can drop what were doing at a whim to go fishing when the wind is light...

    should make a seperate thread for this
  15. tinboatrobb

    tinboatrobb Well-Known Member

    Got out this morning and picked up 2 nice springs. Approx 12 and 15 lbs. Gaff released so never touched or out of the water. Can't figure out why people still use nets when we have to let the fish go. Not the best pics as I was solo and the current and wind were a factor.

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  16. Admin

    Admin Admin Staff Member

    There is a thread in the Conservation area about this protest. Let's keep this one for reports please.
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  17. Rayvon

    Rayvon Well-Known Member

    If your into C&R there are lots of springs on Constance,7-20 pounds. Jigging is best.
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  18. Rayvon

    Rayvon Well-Known Member

    Had my best day fishing ever fishing by myself (that's saying a lot,I'm old and fished all my life) on Constance on Thursday.I sat on a school of fish jigging as the tide changed from flood to ebb.My best was a 24-25 Lb. beauty and multiple 15-20Lb. fish and a few under 10.All revived and released safely while in the water,great fun.
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  19. scott craven

    scott craven Well-Known Member

    Awesome !!
  20. wishiniwasfishin1

    wishiniwasfishin1 Well-Known Member

    Hey Rayvon what’s your set up for jigging?
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